Let’s (Really) See What Happens

deliberate creators see it into happeningDo you have a pet peeve with a particular phrase or word?

I know someone who has unfriended people on facebook because they posted in all caps.

Martha Beck has been known to scream out loud when she hears the words “I can’t.”

But the combination of words that gets my goat is some variation of “we’ll see” or “let’s see what happens.”

Let’s see what happens?!

As if we were passive hapless observers of circumstance? Like we don’t have any say in what unfolds?!

It’s our SEEING it that MAKES it happen!

(I hope my anti-caps friend isn’t reading.)

The only thing more maddening than hearing a deliberate creator say “we’ll see” is when I do it myself!

(What we resist, persists, huh?)

Here’s my suggestion:

If we’re going to “see what happens,” then let’s do exactly that! SEE IT HAPPENING. Whatever we want. In our minds first.

Remember that our conscious focus to something creates it. Let’s not abdicate away our manifesting power.

The next time I hear myself say “we’ll see,” I intend to use it as my trigger to imagine what I want to happen next.

And if you would be kind enough to scream out loud if you hear me say it, it turns out that’s actually quite effective in raising my awareness to change old habits. (Thank you – I think – Martha!)

  • April 18, 2011
  • Jeannette says:

    I’ve heard that as well, Rosemary, and from what I’ve personally practiced and experienced, have to say that it seems to be legit to me.

  • I read somewhere that our brains cant tell the difference between what we see ‘out there’ and what we see ‘in here’. Any thoughts? Is this true?

  • Oh, yes, Jeannette, I think you’d like it. “Angels In The Outfield” is a feel good movie about getting what you want … in a fun way.

  • Alora says:

    I love this post – what fun! 🙂
    This gets me thinking what’s been my pet peeve is lately and it’s “whatever”. Like when something isn’t going the way a person wants they say “whatever” and I’m thinking – whatever what? What do you want? That’s it? You’re just going to throw in the towel and leave it on that note?!
    This is a great conversation because now I can look at what I have said “whatever” to in my life with that vibration and get to the business of what I really want! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Yay!
    Thanks again, Jeannette!

  • Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Photography Blog says:

    What makes me cringe are the excuses. When people say that they want something and then rattle off a list of reasons why they can’t do that. In my mind, I envision standing at the LOA counter and saying “I’ll have a _____,” the lady at the counter get’s ready to hand you your order, but you’ve followed up with “but I really don’t have time, I can’t afford it, I’m not creative enough, I’m not smart enough…” So she puts your request on the shelf.
    Lately I’ve had so many people ask me how I stay so positive. How I manage to do all that I do. How How How???? I explain my philosophy with them, I talk about LOA, and I share examples of where I was and where I am now. And after all that, I hear “oh that wouldn’t work for me.”
    So I cringe, then smile, and let them know that when they’re ready, it’ll work.
    Great post!

  • GorgeouSophie says:

    Ah but I have made my own Lisa, ‘Life is a beach on which you lie!’. And I LOVE it when you post Jeannette & the ‘Related posts’ feature, which means that one could spend an entire day reading you & feeling uplifted! As for indeed telling Da Big U what we want (what we really really really want) & desire – or something even better which is why I still love the Rolling Stones’s line ‘(…) you get what you neeeeeeed!’ in ‘that’ song – & then relax, filled with glee & anticipation & say, smilingly ‘Now, let’s see what happens!’ sounds like a gorgeous serenity & happiness recipe to me! Thank you!

  • Akira Dawn says:

    ‘ello! 🙂
    My immediate thought is that you can only ‘See it happening’ when you have clarity – gotta clear the clutter and wash the windows first, sometimes!
    Setting the manifestation ball rolling when ‘unsure’ tends to yield ‘unsure’ results.
    I also love to play with the Mystery card. Lock it in TOO tight and you leave out potentials to be delightfully surprised by the big U, just ’cause it loves to see us smile. 🙂
    “The world will freely offer itself to you
    To be unmasked, it has no choice.
    It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
    And, of course, there’s tone and intention to consider with any turn of phrase. Intention(ality) makes all the diff!
    *Resigned* We’ve done all we can do… Let’s see what happens…
    *Accomplished* Okay, done the work, got clear, now Let’s see what happens!
    I can see how the topic resulting from the play on words is irresistible catnip for a manifester to explore. What fun!
    Love 🙂
    – Dawn

  • Csilla says:

    Loved it – thank you so much for repeating the true sentiments that it will only happen AFTER you have seen it! After all, isn’t that what visualizing is all about?

  • Oooh, the Mystery Card! That’s been a blog post I’ve been flirting with in my mind lately, Dawn.
    And of course you’re right – the tone and intention behind the words makes all the difference.
    Lovely to see you here – thanks for reading and for posting! 🙂

  • Lisa, I like the spin on that feisty version of “We’ll see about that!”
    I’ve got one I like a lot that goes, “Watch me!” lol
    Thanks for posting!

  • Sensuality Coach Lisa says:

    Ande – LOVE that you’ve changed your opening question to “What good things are happening today?” I’m going to try that too!
    As for my pet peeve phrases…”We’ll see” has been a phrase I’ve detested since childhood. To me it is a way of delaying (and hopefully avoiding) the anticipated argument or confrontation that the person believes will occur when their honest answer -“no” is delivered.
    But – stated differently, as in “We’ll see about that!” I kind of like its feistiness and it reminds me that anything is possible.
    The other one is “Life’s a bitch and then you die.” Both my ex-husbands used that one…(EX is the key word there!)
    Ah language…the good, the bad, and the spin! And all of it powerful.
    Great topic Jeannette!

  • You are brilliant, Ande! Love how you’ve changed your habit of greeting, and what a service to people you converse with!
    Haven’t seen that show … guessing I should check it out?

  • I love this, Jeannette! What a fun way to turn a phrase that generally means, “Yeah, that has a snowball’s chance in you know where of happening but I suppose you never know.” 😉 Do you remember the movie, “Angels in the Outfield?” There was that adorable African American boy in that movie who always said, “It could happen” to what other people would say “we’ll see” to. I use to use that regularly and then for some reason stopped. You’ve inspired me to pick it up again. 🙂
    And on the subject of things we say, Tim and I have stopped asking people, “How are you?” Instead we ask some version of, “What good things are happening today?” Amazing how it often renders people speechless. 🙂 But then, in spite of themselves, they go searching in their memory for something good.

  • I like the conviction you say that with, Justin: “I am deleting that from my vocabulary.”
    Nicely done! 🙂

  • Jeanette,
    Good point here about the phrase “we’ll see what happens’. That does take power away from us. And yes I also have said this but I am deleting it from my vocabulary.

  • That’s a good point, Lanore. And the feelings are what matter most anyway, right? So if we know that much, and we have a habit of getting attached to any specific details we hold in mind, we’re probably better off not going there.
    Thanks for posting!

  • Lanore says:

    @ Janette
    I can “see” your point, but lots of times we only know how we want to feel and are very unclear about what the situation looks like that will sustain that feeling in us–we can feel it now, but we may not be able to see the form of the situation as it will manifest.
    We can also get so attached to an outcome of what we “see” that we end up sabotaging our creations by resisting anything that doesn’t look like that which we envision, even if it is the very thing that will answer our deeper desire. Sometimes deciding how we want to feel and simply “waiting to see” what it will look like when it manifests is the very best way to create what we want.

  • It sure has been for me, Carolyn (a learning process). And it is much facilitated by the discussions with everyone here!
    Thanks for posting. 🙂
    Hey, I just thought of another that drives me nuts: “Shit happens.”
    Probably not the best affirmation ever spoken. lol

  • Carolyn says:

    Hi jeannette! Love the blog! I agree with Amanda. It has been helping me ‘allow’. Am a ‘freshman’ with LOA and love this blog for all the wise stuff you all say and the wonderful insight and real life stories that really drive the point home. Thanks Jeannette for your advice the other day via email! Its a learning process isn’t it. Loving the positive results i have been getting with LOA and trying real hard not to be bummed those times it doesn’t. Looking forward to more wonderful experiences.

  • Amanda, you’re totally right – the tone makes all the difference, doesn’t it?
    Which makes sense, since it’s always about the ENERGY behind the words, not the words themselves.
    Thanks for posting!

  • Amanda42 says:

    I actually love “it is what it is!” For me, it’s a quicker way of saying, “I’m open to the way things are now, I’m loving this moment, I’m allowing, and it’s going to be even more awesome in the future.” Although I guess it all depends on the tone and meaning behind the expression. If someone means it in a negative way, that would drive me crazy, too!

  • Laura says:

    Yes, you are correct. We talked about this during my “Deciding” Call. I talked about making a decision about something and waiting to see how it was going to play out. You turn it over to the Universe and say “Let’s see how it happens”…
    You know, just writing about his again gives me goosebumps (and I DON’T get goosebumps easily!)…it really is powerful!

  • Wait a minute, Laura – am I having deja vu or have we had this conversation before?? I seem to remember being enlightened as to your use of “Let’s see” before reading it here today. ?
    I guess that could be true with any phrase that gets our goat … it’s possible to turn it into an empowering version. Except maybe for the one you shared. ha
    Thanks for posting, Laura! (Especially if this is your second telling me it.) 🙂

  • Laura says:

    This is great Jeannette (as usual my dear…)…I have a similar view as Brigette. The ONLY time I’ll say “we’ll see” is in HOW things are going to manifest and what it might look like even better than I imagined! So, get clear, get excited, expect it and then “let’s see” how it’s all going to happen. I LOVE that!
    My pet peeve? Probably people who say “that’s just the way I am”. Really? And you have NO control over this? I know that I’ve said it in the past when I wanted to get out of something I didn’t want to do (hee hee) but of course it’s not the way I was…It was just what I chose, but didn’t want to actually say that. Make sense? I am much more conscious of my word choices now.
    Wow…the more I think about this, the more I see how limiting it can be in everyt area of your life to say “that’s just the way I am”. Forever and ever? Love how this post is really inspiring me to look at what else we say consciously or not that really may be reinforcing beliefs that we’d rather release. Thanks for this eye-opener!

  • That’s the one Russ told me last night when I asked him what his was, MissyB! lol His went “It is what it is.” I had an ex-fiance who used to irritate me with that one, but I started hearing it recently as an acceptance and releasing of resistance, so it’s kind of growing on me.
    Love the crystal ball idea! Shopping now …

  • Oh, yes, the “be realistic” dictate gets me too, Brigitte.
    You’ve offered a beautiful take on the “let’s see” for me, though. “Let’s see” or “We’ll see” with positive anticipation and creative powers fully engaged. I like it!

  • MissyB says:

    My hate one is we are where we are. True I know. Still hate it though.
    Err…can I have the crystal ball in the pic for the prism of light in the treasure by hunt ?!

  • Brigitte says:

    Yeah, I never really like that phrase either.
    True, we must “see” it happening in our heads first. But another good sense of the phrase is “I got clear on what I want, I sent my rocket of desire, and now I’m just chilling, having fun with the rest of stuff in my life so I’m just letting it happen”.
    Or, “I’m in positive expectation, so let’s see what happens! I can’t wait to get that new car!!! It’s going to be awesome!”
    By the way, my pet peeve phrase is “I’m just realistic” or “it’s not that I’m pessimistic, it’s f****ing reality!!!”. Argh, I hate hearing that. I can even feel their misalignment & resistance in my own bones. I’d totally unfollow/unfriend/stab (lol) anyone if they said it in front of me.

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